Believe it or not, you can make some extra money for your household by selling scrap metal to recycling companies who will reuse it in some way. You'll effectively supplement your income while helping to improve the environment at the same time. All you need is a supply of scrap metal to get started – here's how you can find it:

Take Donations from the Community

One great way to collect scrap metal that can be sold to a recycling plant is to ask your friends, family, and neighbors for donations. Any types of old metal they no longer need can be scrapped and sold for a profit by you. Old washers and dryers, computers, microwaves, and even DVD players typically house pieces of metal that can be sold to recycling centers – but you'll likely have to do some legwork and take the equipment apart to find the valuable metal you're looking for. You may be able to collect working parts and other types of materials that could be resold at a garage sale or to repair companies when taking apart the equipment.

Collect Goods at the Thrift Stores

Another effective way to find scrap metal for recycling is to scour the thrift stores throughout your community, and maybe even in neighboring communities if there aren't many shops located in your immediate vicinity. You're likely to find a few gems while shopping at thrift stores, and you should be able to get your hands on plenty of items that feature metal parts that can be salvaged. Let the manager of each thrift shop know what you're looking for, and they may be willing to call you when something of interest gets donated to them, giving you a chance to snatch the good stuff up before other people have an opportunity to buy it.

Provide Clean Up Services

You can also find quality scrap metal to sell recycling companies by offering to clean up peoples' yard who have a lot of vehicles and junk on them. Not only will you be paid to clean yards up, but you'll be able to collect all the metal that's found during the cleanup process that will yield you an even higher overall profit margin when all is said and done. It's a good idea to do an in-person consultation before agreeing to take on any job so you can ensure that there is metal to collect from the property, bot just garbage.

With the help of these tips and tricks, you should be making money off of scrap metal in no time. For more information, contact a business such as Cozzi Recycling.